NOEL TURNS 101

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

NOEL Sch­midt cel­e­brated his 101st birth­day on Fri­day, July 24.

He was vis­ited by Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett, who pre­sented him with a card and box of choco­lates.

“I know Noel likes his cho­co­late, so how could I not give him a box for his birth­day,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“It’s an amaz­ing mile­stone and I had to wish him a happy birth­day.”

Mr Ben­nett took time out of his busy cal­en­dar to sit with Mr Sch­midt and to chat about grow­ing up in the Childers area.

They spoke about the Childers Fes­ti­val, fam­ily and the com­mu­nity of Childers and how he has seen changes and de­vel­op­ments over the decades.

Mr Sch­midt said: “I can re­mem­ber the old to­bacco farms and mills in the area.”

Mr Sch­midt was asked if he had ever been a smoker.

“I quit smok­ing many times and took it up again. I fi­nally quit about 50 years ago. Don’t we all quit many times!” Mr Sch­midt said.

Ear­lier in the day Mr Sch­midt was vis­ited by fam­ily and friends to celebrate his 101st birth­day.

Mr Sch­midt spoke proudly of his fam­ily and his daugh­ter’s bat­tle with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis (MS).

Mr Sch­midt was con­cerned with his daugh­ter’s con­di­tion and asked Mr Ben­nett if there was any­thing he could do to get treat­ment for his daugh­ter.

Mr Sch­midt said that he had spent thou­sands of dol­lars on treat­ment and noth­ing had worked.

Mr Sch­midt got teary-eyed talk­ing about his daugh­ter’s bat­tle with MS.

“It would be my plea­sure Noel. I will look into that for you. I need to do some re­search on MS and the treat­ments,” Mr Ben­nett said.

For 97 years Mr Sch­midt lived in the fam­ily home, only re­cently mov­ing into For­est View Aged Care fa­cil­ity. He was from a hard-work­ing farm­ing fam­ily and misses work­ing.

Mr Sch­midt was asked if he had a se­cret to liv­ing a long and happy life.

His re­ply was a cheeky smile.

Noel Sch­midt I quit smok­ing many times and took it up again. I fi­nally quit about 50 years ago. Don’t we all quit many times!

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

LEFT, HAPPY BIRTH­DAY: Noel Sch­midt cel­e­brat­ing turn­ing 101 with a visit from Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett.

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